CREAM OF THE CROP

Fak­ing a nat­u­ral glow is easy when you use a cream blusher. CHEL­SIA TAN works her fin­gers through five.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty Road Test -

1 Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel, $57

US­ING IT: A swipe was all I needed – the colour looked strong when I first picked it up and grad­u­ally light­ened as I blended it. Though the tex­ture was a lit­tle dry, it left a smooth fin­ish. VERDICT: There was still a hint of colour left at the end of the day. It was easy to ap­ply, even for a first-time user like me.

2 Kose Esprique Melty Fix Cheek, $32

US­ING IT: It comes in a stick that makes ap­pli­ca­tion quick and easy. I only needed a light dab on my cheeks and to blend slightly for a ra­di­ant flush. VERDICT: The colour lasted the long­est. The tex­ture felt a lit­tle dry, which could be the rea­son why the edges crum­bled a lit­tle dur­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

3 Yves Saint Lau­rent Beaute Creme de Blush, $70

US­ING IT: This glided on smoothly and left a dewy look. The in­tense pig­ment needed a light hand. It re­quired min­i­mal blend­ing – I was done in less than a minute. VERDICT: The colour faded a lit­tle af­ter a day out­doors. This would be my go-to blusher on days when I’m in a rush.

4 El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Ceramide Cream Blush, $45

US­ING IT: The pig­ment looked in­tense on my fin­gers but I needed two lay­ers for vis­i­ble re­sults. Al­though the tex­ture felt a lit­tle oily at first, it glided on smoothly, left no greasy stain and made my skin look hy­drated. If you have dry skin, this goes on with­out cak­ing. VERDICT: It gave me a nat­u­ral-look­ing, ra­di­ant flush. The stay­ing power was not the strong­est as it be­came less vis­i­ble by the end of the day.

5 M.A.C Cre­me­blend Blush, $37

US­ING IT: It doesn’t give you the colour you see in the pal­ette – it was too sheer for my lik­ing. I had to ap­ply three lay­ers of the prod­uct to see a sig­nif­i­cant pink blush on my cheeks. While it was slightly oily to the touch, it spread out eas­ily, and left a sheer and dewy look. VERDICT: The light tint did not last the day, so it’s best worn with a primer and makeup foun­da­tion if you want to min­imise touch-ups.

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